Monday, October 29, 2007

Rick's Cafe Casablanca (Klue RSVP)

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Star of the night: Port and chicken liver parfait
Once again, my friends and I found ourselves attending the KLue RSVP dinner. This time, it was held at Rick's Cafe Casablanca in One Bangsar. To be honest, I was less enthusiastic about joining but spurred by some recent reviews that I have read about this place, I decided to go ahead.

All of us started with an appetizer of port and chicken liver parfait, spiced braised raisins, rocket and orange salad served with French baguette.
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I love this dish a lot. I have had not so good experiences with chicken liver pate before and I have to say that theirs was among the best I have tasted. The sweetness of the spiced raisins and orange slices went great with the pate. All of us except one who doesn't take liver pate loved it and couldn't stop slathering it on thickly on the fresh baguette, which was also lovely.

We have 3 choices to choose from for the main course. I chose the braised lamb shoulder, sautéed zucchini and roasted sweet potatoes.
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The braised lamb cutlets were rather tender. But I didn't really enjoy the dish. The flavour, although not bad, was not really tantalizing either. But I did enjoy the roasted sweet potatoes.

The other 2 choices were hot escabeche of blue mackerel and citrus,
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and crumbed chicken breast stuffed with smoked duck and cheese, sugar snap peas and sultana jus.
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Friends who ordered the former commented that the mackerel was rather "fishy" in taste (but to me, mackerels are like that) and the dish was rather sour (but again, I would expect escabeche to taste like that too...). I took a bite of the crumbed chicken breast and first thought that came into my mind was it tasted so like KFC chicken. Then again, I didn't taste it with the smoked duck and cheese.

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Dessert was baked apple pie on puff pastry, red currant compote with vanilla ice cream. I was rather disappointed in the apple pie. It wasn't served warm so the puff pastry was rather hard and chewy as opposed to warm and crispy. The best part was the ice-cream which I think was home-made with real vanilla pods. It could have been much better if only the apple pie was served warm.

This time, Martell came up with 2 new cocktails. The Apple Martell and Orange Martell cocktails. The Apple Martell was really pleasant to drink. I think all of us had at least 3 glasses of it.
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Rick's Cafe Casablanca
One Bangsar, Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur


KampungboyCitygal said...

i pulled out last minute!! :(..never knew tat i missed out the new cocktail variations :(

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Pate looks soooo inviting! :-P I'll have to try it the next time I go there.

Christy said...

Interesting how a simple fish like mackerel can be cooked and presented in such an impressive way:D

daphne said...

beautifully presented dishes! nice!

tankiasu said...

Will only come here for Arsenal's official EPL viewing party, not for their food.

MeiyeN said...

wow da parfait..... yumzzz!!! never really had a good experience during klue rsvp so decided not to go :p will try rick's cafe soon! :D

myCoffee said...

Hi citygal,
Ya, there's a new concoction althought the "orange juice" version tasted suspiciously like their previous fruit punch version.

Hi lemongrass,
Yes, the pate was the highlight of the evening.

Hi Christy,
My friend who had the dish also commented she has not tasted anything like that before.

Hi Daphne,
I have to admit that I found no fault with the presentation.

Hi tankiasu,
I heard from some regulars of that place that their burger is very nice too....Good pub food to go along with your football watching. ;)

Hi Meiyen,
If you like chicken liver pate, then you should really try theirs.

Imbi & Itchy said...

very tempted to drop by this place, everything looks good. And the pate .. wahhh, sinful lah

btw : my new site (foodielianne), just one of them

~Christine~Leng said...

ah.. mackerel! :)
have not been to any klue rvsp event. wanna give that a try sometime tho..;)

myCoffee said...

Hi Lianne,
Nice new blog!

Hi Christine,
Can try lar, if you haven't been there before. But do not expect too much ya, so far, the food had been a hit-and-miss. :-p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha..we were having our function upstairs..pity pity..i should hav gone down to sneak a cocktail or two..

its not surprising quality drops, esp if upstairs we were being served a buffet as well..